A new world of learning and information is now available to all students enrolled at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), thanks to a longstanding partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL).
More than 12,000 Indianapolis Public School students have joined 90,000 other Marion County students in receiving free Indianapolis Public Library eResource Cards, giving them access to a wide range of electronic resources to help in their academic study.
A distribution event at Charles Warren Fairbanks School 105 on February 11 marked the beginning of a process to ensure every IPS student has an eResource Card, and another step toward IndyPL’s goal to provide free cards to every student in Marion County.
More than 6,000 IPS students in grades one through 12 already had IndyPL Library Cards. These students received letters reminding them of their card numbers, along with information about the available resources accessible both online and in-person.
“IPS is a proud partner with the Indianapolis Public Library to expand access to all the information needed for students to enhance their learning and improve their education,” said IPS Supt. Dr. Aleesia Johnson. “For centuries, libraries across the globe have been the home of learning, information, history, and truth. Our libraries help keep our students, staff, and members of the community informed with facts needed to negotiate day-to-day life.”
The eResource Card gives students online access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming music and video, and more than 80 research databases. It also allows limited borrowing of books and other physical materials. Children and teens can upgrade to a full library card by visiting any IndyPL location with a parent or guardian.
“The partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools and The Indianapolis Public Library offers an abundance of resources for students, including academic databases and physical and digital books,” said John Helling, interim chief executive officer of The Indianapolis Public Library. “It brings us one step closer to our goal of providing a gateway to lifelong learning for every student in Marion County.”
The IPS eResource Card campaign and other recent card distributions to Marion County schools have been made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Fund through a grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.